Canaan, Connecticut

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This article is about the town of Canaan. For the village known as Canaan in the town of North Canaan, see Canaan (village), Connecticut.
Town of Canaan
Official seal of Town of Canaan
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°57′42″N 73°18′30″W / 41.96167°N 73.30833°W / 41.96167; -73.30833Coordinates: 41°57′42″N 73°18′30″W / 41.96167°N 73.30833°W / 41.96167; -73.30833
Country United States
State Connecticut
Region Northwestern Connecticut
Incorporated 1739
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • First selectman Patricia Allyn Mechare
 • Total 33.3 sq mi (86.2 km2)
 • Land 32.9 sq mi (85.3 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 656 ft (200 m)
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,101
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06031
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-10940
GNIS feature ID 0213402

Canaan is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 1,081 at the 2000 census. The town of Canaan is often referred to locally by the name of its principal constituent village, Falls Village.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.3 square miles (86.2 km²), of which 33.0 square miles (85.3 km²) is land and 0.3 square mile (0.9 km²) (0.99%) is water.


American Revolutionary War soldier and historian Lemuel Roberts was born in Canaan in 1755.[2]

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,081 people, 445 households, and 298 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.8 people per square mile (12.7/km²). There were 610 housing units at an average density of 18.5 per square mile (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.04% White, 1.48% Black or African American, 0.19% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 445 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,688, and the median income for a family was $62,500. Males had a median income of $40,438 versus $29,219 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,841. About 3.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2005[4]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
  Republican 238 2 240 31.33%
  Democratic 195 3 198 25.85%
  Unaffiliated 315 12 327 42.69%
  Minor Parties 1 0 1 0.13%
Total 749 17 766 100%


The town is served by U.S. Route 7, Route 63, and Route 126.



  1. ^ Early Historical Highlights of the Town of Canaan (Commonly Known As Falls Village), Town of Canaan website
  2. ^ "Pane-Joyce Genealogy". Clark University. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Retrieved 2006-10-02. 

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